Holiday Charitable Giving Guide: 4 Worlds United


Welcome to the seventh entry in my holiday charitable giving guide.

Today, I’m honored to present 4 Worlds United, an organization that works to bridge the gap between first and fourth world children by bringing them together on the soccer field.

4 Worlds United works to enhance the lives of 4th world children by providing opportunities that improve soccer skills, build confidence, support their education, unite communities and cultures.

What is the 4th World?:
“What is the “fourth world?” When third world people are living in a first world country, there are numerous barriers keeping them from integrating and interacting with the culture around them. Language, literacy, poverty, and other cultural elements can alienate a newcomer, denying them the chance to improve their lives with the advantages provided in the new world around them. This creates a unique living situation where the first and third worlds meet but don’t merge, this makes the fourth world. Citizens of the fourth world are often stuck there, unable to activate the resources in their community and unable to return to the third world.” ~ from the 4 Worlds United website.

Need some inspiration? Read about a recent field trip to Nike HQ by Vice President Patrick Sullivan:

Our wonderful partners at Nike invited 30 children from 4 Worlds United to come and visit their World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR.. And what a visit it was! Including chaperones and volunteers Nike hosted over 40 people on their campus, most of whom had never visited their facility before and some of the children had never even ventured this far from their house in their lives. Nike was even generous enough to bus all of our crew from SE Portland to Beaverton, a huge help since most 4th World families would not have the transportation to get to Beaverton on their own.

We were treated to a variety of activities, including soccer games on Bo Jackson field, a campus tour which included the Mia Hamm building, a catered lunch on Ronaldo Field, and a visit to the local farmer’s market for a healthy eating/living exercise!

This kind of opportunity rarely comes to 4th World children. Getting to visit one of the global leaders in business and design is something most of these kids never would have even dreamed of. Many of their families didn’t understand what happens at the Nike headquarters, “Isn’t it just a big shoe factory?” Just getting to Beaverton is a huge challenge for most 4th World citizens, since they often lack things like cars, gas money, or even just the time to go which many of us take for granted.

This was so important, because it introduced the 1st and 4th worlds to each other. When we are more aware of our community, there are greater opportunities to work together for the betterment of everyone. Thank you Nike for demonstrating the importance of community and sport in the lives of children.

Visit the 4 Worlds United donations page and and here’s how and where donations go:
– $5 for a new soccer ball and pump for 1 child
– $25 for new soccer cleats for 1 child
– $50 for jersey, shin guards and cleats for 1 child
– $75 for 1 child to participate on a recreational soccer team for a season
– $100 for 1 child to travel with their soccer team to an out-of-town tournament
– $250 for 1 child to play on a club soccer team for a year
– $500 for 1 child to attend the Olympic Development Program Regional camp

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